9th August 2013
Nick Clegg: ‘It is worrying and depressing that Russia is taking steps backwards for LGBT rights’ 11
5:18 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has reiterated his stance opposing recently introduced anti-gay laws in Russia, and saying it is "worrying and depressing", that LGBT rights in Russia are receding.
UN Russian Ambassador says anti-gay law will remain in effect during Winter Olympics 5
4:55 PM — The Russian Ambassador the the United Nations Vitaly Churkin, has addressed gay rights campaigners to say that recently introduced anti-gay laws will remain in effect during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Tory MP Mike Weatherley receives death threat over opposition to Russian anti-gay laws 13
4:29 PM — Conservative MP Mike Weatherley has received a death threat on Twitter, after speaking out to push David Cameron to act against recently introduced Russian anti-gay laws.
Video: X-Men actor uses YouTube to come out as gay: ‘It’s not something anybody should be ashamed of’ 6
3:33 PM — A star of the X-Men film Origins: Wolverine, and an internet personality has come out in an impassioned video posted on YouTube, in which he tells his story and emphasises what he says is important about being publicly out.
Study: One in eight gay people and 75% of trans people the target of hate crime each year in UK 4
3:08 PM — A report released about anti-LGBT hate crimes in London has found that despite the number of crimes reported to police being on the decline, the LGBT community is still experiencing high levels of abuse, with 75% of trans people and one in eight gay people the victim of a hate crime each year in the UK.
Protest against Russian anti-gay laws to take place in London on Saturday 7
2:17 PM — A protest is due to take place opposite Downing Street on Saturday, against the recent passage of anti-gay laws in Russia, which has led to an international outcry.
Canada: Foreign Affairs Minister brushes off criticism over pro-LGBT stance 4
1:04 AM — Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, has brushed off an attack from a conservative women's group which said his pro-gay stance over the situation in Russia was not representative of Canadian citizens.
8th August 2013
Video: Partially state-funded Russian news channel runs report saying Western coverage of anti-gay laws is ‘warped’ 23
6:47 PM — Russian partially state-funded news channel RT has aired a special report on foreign perceptions of recently passed anti-gay laws, which appears to attempt to suggest that the majority of Russian support the laws, and calls US reports on the issue "warped".
US: Art gallery refuses to host gay wedding, citing ‘religious beliefs’ as the reason 14
6:07 PM — An art gallery just outside of Des Moines, in the US state of Iowa, has refused to allow a gay couple to hold their wedding at the venue, citing religious beliefs.
Marguerite McLaughlin steps down as Metro charity chief executive 5
5:40 PM — The chief executive of the Metro Centre, the south-east London-based HIV prevention and sexual health charity Marguerite McLaughlin BEM, has stepped down.
Canada: Women’s group accuses Foreign Affairs Minister of abusing his position by supporting gay rights 25
3:25 PM — A Canadian conservative women's group has accused Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird of taking advantage of his position in order to defend gay rights, after he spoke out last week against recently introduced Russian anti-gay laws.
Petition calls for 2014 Winter Olympics to be relocated to Vancouver 13
2:12 PM — A petition which has gathered almost 80,000 signatures, calls for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to be relocated to Vancouver, following the passage of anti-gay laws in Russia.
US: Pentagon to extend some benefits to same-sex military spouses by end of August 1
1:32 AM — Reports suggest that the Pentagon is to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of this month.
Obama cancels Moscow meeting with Putin citing anti-gay laws as one reason 29
12:44 AM — President Obama has cancelled a meeting due to take place with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month, citing the recent passage of anti-gay laws in the country.
7th August 2013
Spain: Madrid’s Jewish community denies authenticity of anti-gay interview by Chief Rabbi 5
7:03 PM — The Jewish community in the Spanish city of Madrid has denied the authenticity of an interview attributed to its Chief Rabbi during which he reportedly said gay people were "deviant" and needed "reeducating".
Video: Disgraced US Navy chaplain says if you are gay ‘you should be discriminated against’ 18
6:12 PM — A disgraced former Navy chaplain has spoken out on his radio show to say that gay people "should be discriminated against" for being sinners, and cited Martin Luther King Jr in saying so.
Actress Kristen Bell says she’ll get ‘gay married’ to her male fiance Dax Shepard 6
5:25 PM — After saving her marriage proposal for after the defeat of California's state-ban on equal marriage Proposition 8, actress Kristen Bell has since said she would he happy to get "gay married" to her fiance.
Australia: Man who shouted he would ‘eradicate all gays’ ordered to take out apology ad for gay activist 10
3:31 PM — A man from Sydney has been ordered to take out a newspaper advert and publicly apologise to an LGBT rights activist for screaming that he would "eradicate all gays" in a street.
Gay celebrity chef Yotam Ottolenghi announces birth of his first son 21
1:31 AM — Openly gay celebrity chef Yotam Ottolenghi has announced the birth of his first son using a Californian surrogacy service.
6th August 2013
US: New Mexico shuttle bus company apologises after driver told gay couple to sit at back of bus for holding hands
7:04 PM — A shuttle bus company in the US state of New Mexico has apologised after a driver allegedly told a gay couple to sit at the back of a bus for holding hands.